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Top comedy cop caper ; Movie MEMORY [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 16, 2013


BEVERLY Hills Cop is the film that took Eddie Murphy from movie star to supernova in one fell swoop.

In the 1984 film, Murphy plays Axel Foley, a streetwise Detroit cop who is searching for the killers of his friend in the plush suburbs of California - managing to rough up the bythe-book locals and break more laws than the criminals he is chasing along the way.

He comes across Victor Maitland, Mikey's most recent employer and a respected art dealer. But he gets more than he bargains for when he unravels more information on this seemingly untouchable crime boss.

The film is accompanied by a very 1980s iconic soundtrack.

Beverly Hills Cop is a slick, gritty comedy thriller that gels beautifully from the opening truck chase to the final shootout at villain Steven Berkoff's mansion.

Murphy has never been better, and Martin Brest's direction is crisp and energetic. Murphy's funny one-liners also stand out in the film.

It's a feel good film with some great stunts and chase sequences.

It's brilliant - the 1980s peaked here.

REVIEWER: Mary-ann Astle.

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